John Whittingdale

BBC staff ‘whoop and cheer’ John Whittingdale’s sacking

14 July 2016 11:05

During John Whittingdale’s tenure as Culture Secretary, the Tory MP has proved to be the thorn in the BBC’s side. So, it’s…

Whitto reveals how he got his black-eye

15 June 2016 21:00

Aside from the EU debate, it’s John Whittingdale who has become the talk of the Commons this week thanks to the…

Why does the government want a gay quota for BBC management?

15 May 2016 9:00

Of all the things wrong with the BBC, it would be hard to argue that a shortage of gay people…

Whitto feels the heat at Westminster Correspondents’ dinner

29 April 2016 9:05

Last night lobby hacks gathered with their favourite SpAds in tow for the Westminster correspondents’ dinner. This year’s guest of honour was…

As I’ve discovered, it’s normal for politicians to visit dominatrixes

14 April 2016 11:44

When I took up professional domination, I had heard about the stereotype: clients are usually powerful men who want to relinquish their…

What is Labour’s official position on John Whittingdale?

13 April 2016 14:39

A Shadow Cabinet split has opened up over whether John Whittingdale should step aside from making decisions about press regulation.…

The Whittingdale ‘scandal’ shows why Britain’s free press is more responsible than its critics

13 April 2016 14:08

For weeks, Westminster has been full of rumours about the private life of a certain cabinet member. It was said…

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale admits relationship with dominatrix

12 April 2016 23:46

If match.com is missing an advertising strap line, how about saying “Where lonely cabinet members can meet lonely dominatrices?”. According…

Coffee Shots: Whitto reveals Seumas Milne’s Maoist manifesto

8 March 2016 15:51

Today’s lobby lunch was the cause of much amusement among hacks. John Whittingdale used his speech to cast a light on Labour…

Who will be out for Out?

6 February 2016 10:30

The Leave campaigns continue to bicker with each other in increasingly absurd fashion, but it would be wrong to think…

John Whittingdale ruffles feathers at BBC campaign event with off-piste speech

13 October 2015 10:40

Last night BBC staff and musicians alike assembled at Portcullis House to back UK Music’s Let it Beeb campaign. As guests…

Ed Vaizey offers the BBC a survival tip

12 June 2015 13:39

Given that John Whittingdale once described the licence fee as ‘worse than the poll tax’, the BBC were reported to be…

Introducing David ‘London’ Lammy and John ‘Flashy’ Whittingdale

20 May 2015 13:50

Given that a horde of new MPs have recently descended on Parliament, it’s understandable that staff may have some difficulty remembering…

Jeremy Paxman: BBC licence fee can’t last

19 May 2015 17:51

Although Jeremy Paxman spent several decades working for the BBC, the presenter took an opportunity at a Royal Television Society talk today…

Cameron has one chance to abolish the licence fee and this is it

13 May 2015 13:09

As the news of John Whittingdale’s appointment as Culture Secretary came through, I happened to be sorting my pile of…

Tom Baldwin says BBC showed more bias against Labour than the Tories

13 May 2015 11:14

Ed Miliband’s spin doctor Tom Baldwin has been rather quiet since Labour’s disastrous election night results. Now the former Times journalist…

When the Tory MP accidentally invaded Spain with the Royal Marines

15 August 2013 16:20

Tory MP John Whittingdale has found himself on the frontline of the row between Spain and the UK. Originally in…

Little Moscow

7 June 2013 14:28

To Kensington last night, to celebrate Russia Day at the glorious mansion of the noble, kind and august ambassador. There…

The View from 22 — Leveson debate special

1 February 2013 13:15

The Spectator hosted a sell out debate on Thursday night on the motion ‘Leveson is a fundamental threat to the…

MPs squabble over their own phone hacking report

1 May 2012 12:48

The education select committee reported earlier, but it is the report of another select committee that will get all the…

James Murdoch recalled by parliament

13 September 2011 12:52

The Culture, Media and Sport committee has recalled James Murdoch to give further evidence into phone hacking and James Murdoch’s…

The Tory right asserts itself

26 May 2010 18:33

The results of the 1922 elections show that Conservative backbenchers are distinctly right-wing and keen to assert independence. In the…